Lobi Bateba Phuwe figures


Bateba Protective Statues in Traditional African Art Lobi

Accordant to the culture, everything is inhabited by a dangerous force, the Khélé. In their traditional art, on statues named Bateba that have a protective role. There are different sizes. These African figures are alive and spread evil spells. The Bateba statues are executed on the order of the spirits who intervene daily in the life of the men Thila. The pair of African statues presented here in class in Bateba Phuwé, the arms are separated from the trunk. If these are integral, on them would call Bateba Bambar. The Bateba are as below various missions: to favor the harvests, to cure the diseases, to heal the wounds. One finds in the African objects the particular style of Lobi where are very figurative, allying a rough aspect and fidelity in the anatomy . The patina of these beautiful authentic pieces is crusted.

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
43 cm
Ethnic group
Burkina Faso
Tribal art collection France

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